experiment Definition

  • 1a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact
  • 2a course of action tentatively adopted without being sure of the outcome
  • 3a product or process developed through scientific experimentation

Using experiment: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "experiment" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The experiment showed that the hypothesis was false.

  • Example

    She designed an experiment to test the effects of caffeine on memory.

  • Example

    The new drug is still in the experimental stage.

  • Example

    We are conducting an experiment to see which detergent works best.

experiment Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for experiment

Idioms Using experiment

  • a situation where someone tries something new or different to see if it works


    The new restaurant is an experiment in fusion cuisine.

  • to start over again because something has failed


    The experiment didn't work, so it's back to the drawing board.

  • blow up in someone's face

    to fail in a spectacular and unexpected way


    The experiment blew up in his face when the chemicals reacted unexpectedly.

Phrases with experiment

  • social experiment

    an experiment designed to study human behavior in a social context


    The reality show was a social experiment to see how people would react in a confined space.

  • try out different methods or ideas to see what works best


    She is experimenting with different recipes to find the perfect one for the party.

  • perform scientific tests or research on something


    The scientists are experimenting on a new drug to treat cancer.

Origins of experiment

from Latin 'experimentum', meaning 'a trial'


Summary: experiment in Brief

The term 'experiment' [ɪkˈspɛrəmənt] refers to a scientific procedure to test a hypothesis or discover something new. It can also refer to a tentative course of action or a product developed through scientific testing. Examples include 'The experiment showed that the hypothesis was false,' and 'We are conducting an experiment to see which detergent works best.' Phrases like 'experiment with something' and idioms like 'back to the drawing board' denote trying out new ideas and starting over when things don't work out.

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